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While excavating an ancient Danish fish market, archaeologists unearthed an 800-year-old rune stick.
The 3.3-inch piece of wood was once worn as an amulet.
In the 11th century, Latin script began to replace runes in Scandivania with the arrival of Christianity.
Messages on the front discuss how to read the stone.
Ones on the back refer to the carving process and the runic alphabet.
Researchers deciphered the 13th-century coded message: “Tomme, his servant.” This refers to the owner’s name, Tomme, and “servant” being “servant of god.” “Good health” is also inscribed.
When the stick was uncovered, it was in three pieces, had the consistency of cold butter, and a root had gouged one of the inscriptions.